Global observation: White House throws quick inspection gift bag top American experts sigh too little is too late

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 Global observation: White House throws quick inspection gift bag top American experts sigh too little is too late


Trump is ready to leave after announcing the distribution plan of the kit in the rose garden of the White House

As for the latest action of the White House, experts pointed out that it was helpful to alleviate the current epidemic situation in the United States, but unfortunately it was too small and too late.

The White Houses quick check gift pack is believed to be the first time the federal government has taken substantive measures on virus detection since the outbreak in the United States. In the past few months, the serious shortage of detection has been one of the main reasons for the poor resistance of the United States.

Not only that, the White House also overtly overthrew politics over science through laymen leading insiders, resulting in the failure of specialized agencies to issue timely epidemic prevention guidelines, and the information sent was often contradictory. For example, in the four weeks from August 24 to September 18, the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of the United States experienced repeated revisions of need to test - no need to test - need to test..

Obviously, strengthening the ability of virus detection has become an urgent task, especially in the severe situation of the continuous refresh of the epidemic situation in the United States. According to the latest statistics released by Reuters, the number of new confirmed cases in 27 states in the United States has been increasing for two consecutive weeks, and the average daily number of new cases is still more than 40000. Experts generally predict that the United States is likely to usher in a second wave of the epidemic in autumn and winter.

According to Brett girowa, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of health and human services and White House coordinator for new coronavirus testing, the federal government will issue the first batch of 6.5 million virus rapid detection kits to states this week, and will strive to distribute all 150 million in a few weeks.

But the associated press, citing an earlier study by the Rockefeller Foundation, a non-profit organization, pointed out that the U.S. government needs to carry out about 200 million new coronavirus tests a month if it wants to make school safety a part of its phased deregulation measures. Now, the average number of tests per month is less than 30 million.

William hazletin, a former Harvard Medical School professor and top American scientist, said that although the distribution of rapid detection kits would help alleviate the epidemic, it was too small, too late.. To slow the spread of the virus, you need to increase the number of rapid tests by 10 to 20 times.

William hazletin

Guo Xiangang, a researcher at the China Institute of international studies, pointed out that the trump government only gave out the quick inspection gift package at this time, which was just a drop in the bucket for the overall epidemic prevention and control work of the United States.

Guo Xiangang: the epidemic situation in the United States is very serious now, and the infected population is also very large. It is difficult to cover all the population only with these detection reagents, and the effect of epidemic control will be greatly reduced. The accuracy of detection, including the efficiency of tissue testing, is difficult to achieve in the current situation of such a serious epidemic in the United States.

There are many defects in the quick inspection plan, and the safety of school resumption is still not guaranteed

It is worth noting that, although the White House said that the states of the United States have the right to decide how to distribute these kits, both trump and girova have deliberately emphasized the priority of primary and secondary schools.

According to the latest statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of the United States, in the six and a half months from March 1 to September 19, about 280000 school-age children aged 5 to 17 were infected with the new coronavirus. It has been noted that this is the primary and secondary school students targeted by the trump governments rapid inspection program.

The American Academy of Pediatrics warned at the beginning of the school season this fall that the increase in the infection rate of children in the United States is far higher than the average level of the American people.

Facts show that since the U.S. government forced the offline resumption of classes in autumn, many schools have not taken effective measures to protect the health and safety of students and staff. According to multiple media reports in the United States, since the beginning of the school season in August, there have been more than 40000 new cases in American colleges and universities, and more than 24000 new cases in primary and secondary schools.

New York Times: New York Mayor debrassio ignored the warning and forced to restart the campus.

Even if the White Houses virus detection kit is given priority to primary and secondary schools, the reliability of the kit itself can not be completely assured. According to the associated press report, although Abbotts product can provide rapid and instant virus detection, the test results are not so accurate, and positive results often need higher-level laboratory tests to confirm. In addition, since these tests are usually carried out outside the health care system, many of them are not reported, which may lead to deviations in the government data needed to track the virus.

A screenshot of AP report

Guo Xiangang believes that the White Houses attempt to win over voters through emergency measures such as issuing virus rapid detection kits at the time of the general election is coming, but the ultimate effect is limited.